Although I never took my first trip until I was 19 years old, I have been to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway five times since then and have never visited the same piece of the area twice. Pegged as “The Allagash” by most Aroostook County residents and the hundreds of thousands who have visited the area since it was established by the Legislature in 1966, the waterway is a 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams that wind through northern Maine’s vast commercial forests.
Camping, fishing, hunting and canoeing are popular activities in the area, and a canoe trip down the waterway is so quiet that the only sounds you hear are those of its amazing wildlife and the water dripping off your paddle as it skims out of the water.
Moose are sometimes seen soaking their gangly legs in the waters as you pass by in your canoe, and wildlife is abundant along the hiking trails of The Allagash. The area also is open in the winter for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and camping. As always, be sure to familiarize yourself with all regulations, approved uses and campsites before you go to this protected area.
But don’t worry — those who don’t feel like tenting out or cooking on a camp stove can seek refuge in area sport camps.
— Jen Lynds, BDN staff